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"Magic Hour' is a collaboration between the artist and the land. It seeks to defy logic, erasing conditioned ways of seeing by subverting expected modes of looking.
Experiencing nature through small acts of engagement contrasts the passive consumption of a view, where photographs are taken but give nothing in return. Here instead common spaces are rediscovered and given democratic attention. Uneventful places serve as a stage for play on which mundane objects perform.
The transitory interventions only exist in the photographs. Captured by the photographic act, they hover in mid-air; between real and imagined, purpose and futility, control and coincidence, photography and performance.
Rather than adding knowledge and conforming to traditions of landscape photography, Magic Hour is an invitation to enter a process of un-looking.
Iryna Baklan is a Swiss photographer based in Dublin, Ireland. Her most recent project 'Magic Hour' is on show at Belfast Exposed as part of the group exhibition 'A Lightness of Touch'."

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